Judson Yaggy

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  1. 340# Hay Budden round here would be $1500 easy if it passed the tests. Your milage may vary.
  2. I was for a while. Their magazine usually had an interesting article or two but seemed focused on big fab shops.
  3. Been following and sympathizing. If I wasn't on 60 hours a week Alex and I would come down for a weekend or 2 and help out. Put up a building or 2 in my time and can run a tele handler in my sleep. If you get in a serious pinch call me.
  4. I split my professional life between timber framing and blacksmithing. Once you hit a chisel with a mallet or hammer every day for 20 years you realize that the old timers knew what they were doing. If an all metal woodworking chisel performed better they would have gone down that road. Wood handles, for timber framing, absorb impact that may be otherwise transferred to the holding hand, and are cheap and easy to replace. I mush down the wood part of my framing chisels every 5 years or so, but the steel edge remains. If I dressed an all steel woodworking chisel to remove dangerous mushrooming as often as I do my metalworking punches, slitters, and drifts the thing would be worn away within a year. Slicks are never struck, the wood is a cheap handle/lever.
  5. Once you have an alloy that won't chip, then the best characteristics are mass, mass, and mass. A 5" thick cast iron swage block is a better striking anvil than a 2" thick slab of steel be it mild or exotic alloy because of MASS! Watch the videos carefully and you will see that the modern generic striking anvil jumps around no matter who built it or who is hitting it. Anvil movement is serious inefficiency. I suspect that us professional smiths could tell if we had a heavy well fastened anvil or a light loose one under the hammer with our eyes closed.
  6. Me too Arft, flipping thru POTP as I type. If American I'd say a cross between a Star and a Scranton. But I'm thinking British. Thorkelsson, the Maritime Museum in Akranes has a nice Beche air hammer. Apologies if you already knew that. The chain drive on the back end is not original.
  7. Including claimed alloy and claimed hardness would also be useful. The Accaciao anvil, while small and Chinese?, should also make the cut as a "real" anvil available retail. Frontstep Forge, Alberta Canada is having cast steel anvils made.
  8. If any NEB members haven't heard this already, here you go. Our old email list server, Yahoo Groups is discontinuing their service. They have been a buggy, unsupported pain in the butt for a few years now so good riddance. We have migrated the list to groups.io. Most members have been automatically and seamlessly transitioned, but if you feel you have fallen thru the cracks google them and include the words NEB list in your search to find the path to join. You do need to be a NEB member in good standing to join. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state representatives for help, info about state reps is on our website http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/contact-info/
  9. So were the smaller Little Giants, but folks today try to use them for general use. Any well made power hammer is better than no power hammer. @Kozzy the tag looks like it says "1993"? Assuming that was the date of donation, might want to tell the museum it *wasn't* made in 1993!
  10. Mine's the 65# but the basics are the same. Come on over. Send me a pm.
  11. My Fontanini (Rat Hole) came moderately magnetic, I intended to degaus as described above but never got around to it. Hammered on it hard for 5 years or so and it's not so bad now. It was kind of fun knowing when my workpiece cooled thru the Curie Point.
  12. That's what I did. But if there is enough slack in the chain you can fold it to 90 degrees and slide the links apart. Around here we call it "gutter chain" or "elevator chain" for manure cleaners and hay elevators and you can find it at agriculture equipment dealers.
  13. We do say that here. Started as a combination sexual innuendo/ nod to our most important industry, but as these things do the meaning of the vernacular has crept to encompass most things that we like. Tapping an anvil could be trying to get sap out of it, AHEM that other activity, knocking gently upon it, putting a threaded hole in it, or just really liking it. Ain't the living English language great?
  14. Sch 40 doesnt have the wall thickness for machining threads, plus the weld will just p!%& off the machinist. Get some bushing stock. Crickets from the peanut gallery!
  15. Pretty traditional here in New England to set the roof during the first ice or snow storm of the year!